Academy of Design

The Kuopio Academy of Design Foundation started its operations in December 2014. The purpose of the foundation is to support and promote the professional activities, hobbies, knowledge, appreciation and development of culture, especially design, art and crafts.

In 2017, the Kuopio Academy of Design Foundation awarded for the first time a grant of 10,000 € to designers and craftsmen in North Savo to start or develop a business. In 2018, 20,000 € were granted to Finnish professionals of design and arts and crafts, similarly to begin or develop a business.

The Foundation Board of Directors

The Chairman of the Board is Mika Sutinen, Managing Director, and the Vice Chairman is Eija Vähälä, Counsellor for Education. The members of the board are Elina Pallonen-Eriksson, Head of department, Merja Heiskanen, Museum Director, and Jukka-Pekka Suvala, Marketing Director. Deputy members of the board are Maija-Liisa Keinänen, Entrepreneur, Elina Laitinen, Regional Director, and Riitta-Liisa Rautsi, Judge of the Court of Appeal.


More information:
The Kuopio Academy of Design proxy Eija Tanninen-Komulainen
+358 44 731 8000,